Create an Area Rug with Carpet Remnants in 11 Simple Steps

Many carpet retail stores offer something that we like to call carpet remnants. These are typically what is left over after a manufacturer has either sold most of the roll or perhaps the left over bits from your recent carpet installation. These are incredibly useful pieces of carpet that can be used for patching, small rooms, closets, home projects, and even area rugs which will be what we are learning how to make today. Follow these simple steps and recycle your remnants of carpet, into something that everyone can enjoy.

Green FriezeWhat you will need: 

  • Carpet remnant (the bigger piece that you can find the bigger the area rug)
  • Brown paper, the size of the area rug you want to create. You can by this in a craft store in roll form or you can simple recycle the extra bags from the grocery stores
  • A Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Large cardboard carton that you have made flat
  • Carpet knife
  • White Glue

Instructions:

STEP 1: MEASURE

Measuring is always the most important part of any DIY project. You will start by measuring the space that your area rug will be displayed in. Always consider obstacles that may affect your measurements, such as: allowing space for doors that will need to open and furniture like chairs that will move around. I’ve seen a few people that have designed there own rugs and did not realize until they were finished that there dining room chairs would not fit on it!

STEP 2: PAPER

Use brown craft paper, or simply tape together your flattened paper bags, and lay out a sheet on the floor the size that you want your area rug to be. Use the measurements to trace out the shape of your rug onto the paper. Once this is done step back and test the rug to make sure that the carpet will fit as desired. Change dimension if necessary.

STEP 3: ROLL IT

Now it is time to roll up the pattern that you created with the brown paper and either take it to your local carpet store, or email the dimensions with a picture of the pattern to your online carpet store. With the help of the retail sales person, he/she should be able to find an almost perfect match to your measurements. Just make sure that the measurements are correct!

Beach PowderSTEP 4: LAY IT OUT

Lay the carpet remnant out on a flat surface that is clean face down. If you are afraid of damaging the surface below the carpet remnants that you are cutting, lay the flattened cardboard under it while you cut.

STEP 5: SECURE

Just place the pattern that you created on the backing side of the carpet that you cut and secure it with masking tape.

STEP 6: PRACTICE

More than likely you have not used a carpet knife before. Don’t worry it just takes a little practice. The carpet knife has a curved blade that stays sharp all the way to the end. Practice cutting the excess carpet that flows off of the pattern. Due this until you are comfortable with the knife.

STEP 7: CUT

Now that you have a feel for this knife, cut around the pattern.

STEP 8: CLEAN IT UP

Clean up all of the leftover remnants and material except for the cardboard if you decided to protect the surface underneath your area rug. And lay the area rug where you intend it to go.

STEP 9: LOOK FOR ERRORS

Stanton SisalAnalyze the carpet and find any errors that you can, use the carpet knife to get rid of excess carpet where it should not be.

STEP 10: FLIP AND GLUE

Place the rug facedown on your cardboard. Coat the edge of the rug with white glue, creating a border that is at least ½ inch wide, and continue this all the way around. Make sure to get all of the backing fibers or foam with the glue. This will help to prevent the edge of the rug from unraveling.

STEP 11: DRY AND ENJOY

Let the area rug dry with the glue side up for about 24 hours before moving it. Once this time has passed check the area rug, and make sure that the glue has cover all edges. Repair any gaps that you may find and let the repairs dry. And then you have a new area rug.

I hope you enjoy this really cool DIY carpet remnant project and I hope that you will continue to enjoy your rug for a long time to come. Until next time, Happy Flooring!

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